The Right Start

Ten Fundamentals of Dog Training

Do you have a dog or considering getting a dog? Do you love your dog to the moon and back…..and even more? Do you want to have the best relationship with your dog ever? Do you want your dog to be safe? Do you want your dog to be a loveable, all-around awesome dog? We would be foolish not to want the best dog ever.

Believe it or not, everyone can have the best dog ever!  How do you make this happen? There are fundamental issues needing to address to ensure your relationship with your dog gets off to the right start. Below are 10 of these fundamentals to having and training a dog. In summary, these fundamentals are:

  1. Shelter – Where is your dog going to live – inside or outside
  2. Food & Water – They are what they eat – just like humans
  3. Touch – Gentle mouths, heads & hands
  4. Share and Share Alike – Food, space & attention
  5. Look or Watch – Get their undivided attention
  6. Safety – Are you safe with them and are they safe with you
  7. Trust – Do they trust you and do you trust them
  8. Walk/Seek – The importance of walking your dog – not just potty time
  9. Wait – Patience is a virtue
  10. Settle – Controlled energy


These 10 fundamentals may seem simple, but they are multi-faceted. Addressing these fundamentals will develop a strong, thriving relationship with your dog. Skipping any of these fundamentals will make your life complicated and potentially stressful. Skimping on details or sweeping problems under the rug will only create other, more complex problems. Stop problems before they get started. To help you get to The Right Start, we will address each of these issues individually. That way, you will be on the right track right from the start.

So, next up…..Shelter. This may seem like a simple issue, but there is so much more involved.

Kathryn R. Gubista, PhD offers concierge dog training through Lucky Dog Training and has over 30 years of dog training experience. Kathryn is author of book series The Dog’s Perspective: How to Train Your Dog by Thinking like a Dog (soon to be released). Volume 1 is The Right Start, an easy to read, go to source of information for anyone wanting to train their dog.

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